Japanese sisters set record for oldest living identical twins


Guinness World Records

Koume Kodama (left) and her sister Umeno Sumiyama are photographed in 1992 at Nara park in Japan

On Sept. 1, 2021, Japanese sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama set the record for the world’s oldest identical twins at 107 years and 300 days old.

This amazing duo was born on Nov. 13, 1913 on Shodoshima island in western Japan and were the third and fourth of 11 siblings. These amazing sisters have lived through both World Wars, saw the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and witnessed the rise of the internet in Japan and the world, along with many other incredible moments from the last century.

The two were certified as the world record holders on Japan’s Respect for the Aged day (Sept. 20). Upon receiving the certificate, Umeno burst into tears, but Koume whose memory is beginning to struggle sadly did not realize the significance of the award.

The pair now live in seperate care homes but had previously attended Buddhist pilgrimages together in their seventies.

Umenio and Koume are a part of Japan’s aging society, 29% of whom are over age 65. Just like many other supercentenarians, people over 110, they owe much of their longevity to the healthy culinary habits of the nation. Out of these seniors, Japan has 86,510 current centenarians.

At age 99 the pair began to joke that they looked younger than the current record holders Kin Narita and Gin Kanie who have since passed on. Now they are the oldest identical twins in the world and look to be for more years to come.

However, these are not the only two to break records as Kane Tanaka, age 118, has become the oldest living person in the world.